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Court Rules Against ACA, States Crack Down On Sober Houses, And More: Weekly Roundup

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With eight months left in President Obama's term, House Republicans may have finally struck a blow against his signature health care law.

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Federal Judge Rules Against Affordable Care Act Subsidies

At issue are the subsidies that the federal government pays to insurance companies to bring down out-of-pocket costs lower-income Americans. An appeal is expected. But if it's upheld, this could take a big bite out of the health law. The Washington Post reports

We Found Joy: An Addict Struggles To Get Treatment

With the launch of her podcast Embedded in March, NPR's Kelly McEvers showed us the grim day-to-day inside of a house at the center of the Southern Indiana opioid addiction crisis. In this episode, she returns to speak with Joy, a nurse who found her way to treatment. If you missed the first episode, listen or read a summary here. ‘

Last Week Tonight Skewers Sketchy Studies

Does coffee give you cancer...or prevent it? Can eight hugs a day make you happier?  Comedian John Oliver says the reward system for publishing scientific research has led to some pretty questionable studies. After watching this segment from his HBO show Last Week Tonight,  you'll be taking it all with a grain of salt...unless that can kill you too. 

Social Worker Shortage Leaves Military Kids Vulnerable

In the civilian world, pediatric social workers are considered critical members of hospital care teams. Boston Children's employs 150 full time. But there are only 7 in the entire military hospital system—a network of more than 50 hospitals. The Atlantic reports

As Opioid Epidemic Spikes, States Crack Down On 'Sober Homes'

Sober homes, sometimes called halfway houses, can be anything from a run-down rooming house with dozens of tenants to an upscale recovery center offering counseling and yoga. They're largely unregulated, but some states are now setting up rules. STAT News has more